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Thursday, June 24, 2010
I'm a firm believer in this quote: "Excellence is doing the best you can, with what you have, every chance you get."

I have paper thin fingernails. You probably didn't know that about me, but there it is. Other women wear beautiful nail polish on their long, sturdy nails, while I bend my fingers in shame. It's just something I've had to live with all my life.

However, I consider myself an overcomer. No, I may not have great nails, but I can do finger puppets like nobody's business. The kids love it, and I'm thrilled beyond words because I can cover my weak nails with heads. (I understand there's something inherently wrong with that kind of logic, but hang with me, here.)

The fact of the matter is I haven't found anything to help my nails. For my daughter's wedding, I had fake ones put on at the nail salon. They looked beautiful, but don't you know my pulse thumped through every nail. Hurt like the dickens. So I took them off the next day.

I've tried Sally Hansen hard as nails, all that stuff, nothing works. Some nail polishes even make my nails starting lifting from the nail bed. But here's the thing that really honks me off. My mom is 84 years old and has had the most beautiful nails I've ever seen all her life. Color me prejudice, but I don't think an 84 year old needs hard nails. Let's face it, her days of doing hand commercials are over. I, on the other hand, qualify for a stint with Count Chocula.

So those of you with lovely nails, please, help me. Sometimes it's hard to maneuver in a restaurant with finger puppets. Just sayin'.

Diann Hunt  
posted at 11:55 AM  
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At 2:39 PM, OpenID said...

I must join you in your nail envy. My nails too, are paper thin. I have a hard time dredging up any concern for people who tell me their nails are so thick, they can barely cut them. Excuse me while I poke you in the eye.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Okay, girls, I can't identify. It isn't that I have thick nails. I think mine are thin, too, but really, if we type a lot? How on EARTH can someone with long nails type? So I keep mine so short that people probably think I chew my nails--which I don't. I think finger puppets are great. I also think you're the only one who ever notices your nails are short.

You know what else? Diann, your blog reminded me I FORGOT to blog yesterday!! ACK! Life's too crazy!

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh! Toenail polish. If you can't have pretty fingernails, try polishing your toenails bright and attractive colors. That's what I do. Nobody cares but me...but I like seeing them.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Katie! You feel my pain. :-)

It's true, Cheryl, it's hard to have nails when we type all the time. But it sure would be nice to wear polish now and then. Sigh.

I wonder just how much Jello I have to eat . . . .

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Someone said biotin helps nails. I've never tried it.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger jel said...

I got very long nails,short nails too. they come in handy to put up a barn, but thsy are kind of high $30 a boxs :)

but really Diann , my nail do the same as your with polishes

At 5:41 PM, Blogger jel said...

I didn't forget Cheryl, I missed your post yesterday ! :(

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Jel!!! It took me a minute to get that!! LOL!

Well, I'm surprised no one with tough nails has come forward. I was hoping to find the secret to beautiful nails. Guess I'll keep my finger puppets. :-)

At 8:36 PM, Blogger jel said...

I'm glad ya got that ;)

my dad was always mouthing something off like that, guess I take after him :)

have ya ever tryed Knots gelatin,
I hear that works on harding nails
(do they even make it anymore) ?

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Just keep them trimmed nicely and polish them to your hearts delight. It doesn't matter if they're long! They can still be glittery & pink (like mine are today!)

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

My only decent nails are me thumbs. The rest split, crack, break, have ridges and after years of angst, I gave up.

Now I flaunt my freedom from costly nail appointments, cuticle creams, and chipping polish.


Man the battle cry, ladies!! Rally behind Di. She can be our banner gal. With the appropriate finger puppets, that is. ;)

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

ROTFLOL, Ane! I was so encouraged by your post, I wanted to stand up and salute!!!


At 3:38 PM, OpenID said...

I usually keep my nails very short and au naturel because mine are thin and tend to peel in layers. Plus, it's just easier to type if they don't extend beyond the end of my fingers. I may paint them on Saturday night for church on Sunday---but as soon as I get home, the polish remover comes out, because I can't stand it when the color starts to chip!

For special occasions, like conferences or weddings, I get the glue-on french-manicure nails---the kind that covers the whole nail. They look good, last about a week, and come off easily with acetone. They don't require sanding down what little nail I have for them to adhere. And they're less than $6 at Walgreens.

Oh, and I agree with Hannah Alexander about the toenails. I have all kinds of sparkly and brightly colored polishes for my toes.

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

I identify with you! I've tried everything I can think of over the years and nothing seems to help me. My nails just are paper thin and I can barely bump them and break them. I also tried the salon nails and was not successful with that either, if anything it made them even thinner. Never tried finger puppets, maybe I should!


At 12:55 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Not only are my nails thin, but they are razor sharp! I've been known to slice skin with one little accidental swipe. I'm usually the victim of such accidents and my poor skin has plenty of tiny scars to show for it.

I also have problems with my nails curling and twisting if they grow longer than the tips of my fingers. Anyone else have that problem? I mean, we used to see circus members (part of the "freak" show) with super long and curly nails. But curling when they are an eigth inch long? What's up with that?

At 3:16 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Ha!Ha! You crack me up! This was a funny post! :)

My point of view? I have crummy nails, but I don't care. I keep them short so that I don't get dirt under them. I polished them specially for the school banquet last week and no one (not even me) noticed. Ha!Ha! My issues are not with nails--they're with bad skin and giant pores. :(

I guess we all have things we dislike about ourselves, right?

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, Pam, don't even get me started on poor skin and giant pores. I call my pores "sink holes." It's just wrong, that's all. ;-)

At 1:47 PM, Blogger jel said...

aren't lemmons good for pores,

they have to bee sour lemmons to work they can't be the sweet! ;)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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